Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Mankato, MN
Car Year: 2015
Car Model: 2.5i Touring
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Keyless ignition won't start, electrical issues, no brake lights, etc.
'15 2.5i Touring new in August with 2204mi; has keyless entry & ignition. Starter won't engage while backed into the garage.
No unusual electrical fields that I know of, it's never had a problem starting before. There has been no EMP blast in Mankato that I'm aware of.
No extraordinary battery load, no weird aftermarket electrical stuff.
Backed car into garage after work, turned it off, decided to run an errand. Sat in car, closed door, foot on brake, pushed the start button and the starter refused to engage: Doesn't even spin. It simply won't start.
The first time I push the starter button, a small amber LED energized in the middle of the button. So it's in accessory position.
So I push the button again (foot still on brake) and it goes into Run or On: All the dash/warning lights come on like normal and the needles swing to the right & back. So now it's in Run without the starter ever engaging.
So I check the lights: No tail lights, no brake lights, no front marker lights but the HIDs and high beams work. And the internal lights work.
Tried pushing ignition with key fob outside car and got the "no key fob detected" dialogue.
Tried pushing ignition with foot off brake and got the "press brake then press start" dialogue.
Check fuses in the dash: I couldn't find a fuse puller so I used a needle nose to pull & check several fuses; all were fine.
Check fuses in engine compartment: Again, no fuse puller, but most are not the kind that I could tell at a glance if they're good or bad.
Climb back in car, turn it off.
Then the radio faceplate remains energized while everything else is off, but it will not turn on... strangest thing ever.
The original OEM Subaru battery seems fine, or at least nothing "dims" unless I turn on the HIDs, but I have no battery charger and no means of testing.
The dealership suggested disconnecting the negative cable from the battery for 15 minutes to try an ECM reset, but that too was unsuccessful.
The 2nd key fob is in the house (not in the garage), so I switch fobs.
Same result, car won't start.
Dealer exhausted troubleshooting techniques over the phone and referred me to Subaru Roadside Assistance.
Flatbed tow set up for 6am tomorrow for a 70mi trek to Morrie's Subaru in Minnetonka. Intent is to take the day off, ride up with the tow truck driver, and hopefully drive either this car or a loaner back tomorrow.
Given the electrical gremlins (radio faceplate remains energized even if the car is off), I removed the negative cable from the battery for the evening in an attempt to keep it from going completely flat.
Sorry for the excruciating detail but I wanted to be thorough in case anyone had any suggestions?